Medvedev doubted that in August there would be something and with whom to talk about Ukraine

This is how he commented on the words of the head of the Ukrainian delegation, David Arakhamia, who suggested earlier that after the upcoming counter-offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in August, Kyiv's position in the negotiations will be strengthened

Dmitry Medvedev

Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia Dmitry Medvedev expressed doubts about the prospects for negotiations with Ukraine “by the end of August”, which the head of the Ukrainian delegation, David Arakhamia, spoke about.

“Maybe so. The question is whether there will be something to talk about and with whom,— wrote Medvedev in the Telegram channel.

Arakhamia in an interview with Voice of America (included by the Ministry of Justice in the register of media-foreign agents) admitted that Kyiv would return to negotiations with Moscow by the end of August. According to him, “counter-offensive operations” are expected at this time. The Armed Forces of Ukraine “in some places”, and in this case, the Ukrainian side in the negotiations will be able to speak from a position of strength. Arakhamia also proposed an alternative condition for resuming the dialogue— voluntary return of Russian troops to the positions they occupied before the start of the special operation.

The head of the delegation ruled out the loss of territories by Ukraine, but said that Kyiv would be able to consider a political agreement, in which, for example, “it would not raise the issue of Crimea for a certain number of years.”

The negotiations were suspended in May at the initiative of Ukraine. Since then, Moscow has declared its readiness for dialogue and says that “the ball is on the side of Kyiv.” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov called on European leaders to influence the Ukrainian authorities “in order to encourage them to take a sober look at the situation.”

Medvedev has previously argued that the Ukrainian leadership was ready to “negotiate on key points” but changed course under the influence of Western countries. According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, it is the West that does not allow Kyiv to negotiate. At the same time, representatives of the authorities of Western countries (French President Emmanuel Macron, British Foreign Minister Liz Truss) declare the need to sit down at the negotiating table with Russia. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that peace in Ukraine is possible, but “the question is, what will be its price”? and “how much territory, how much independence, how much freedom, how much democracy” Kyiv is ready to pay for it. He stressed that the conflict should end through diplomacy.

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Dmitry Medvedev

politician , ex-president, deputy head of the Security Council of Russia

September 14, 1965

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